Wahluke Eagles

This blog describes the joys of coaching an AAU basketball team from Mattawa, WA. Our team and town is roughly 90% Mexican. The blog celebrates and describes life in a central Washington town through the eyes of the players and their coaches.

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Location: Mattawa, Washington, United States

I work as a School Psychologist in the Wahluke School District. When I am not coaching I enjoy fishing, reading, and riding my bike.

13 February, 2007

Hard Work Bears Fruit

A Tough Little Cookie clashes with Laffy Taffy in a practice drill
The Wahluke Eagles had a bye weekend and are now getting ready for the last three games of the season. We face to quality opponents at home on two consecutive Saturdays. Today before we ran Juan, Bethany, and I reminded the boys that we need to come together as a team and do our best every drill and run. We need to play hard all game because we demonstrate the skills in practice and need to demonstrate them in the game. The boys are tired of loosing and so are the coaches. We know that if we played well for the whole game that we can hang in there and make our opponents beat us instead of beating ourselves.

Most of the players responded by giving a strong practice. Me Duele came back from the dead and showed the same level of skills he had last June but let go dormant in the Fall. Dario continued to respond to coaching and made rebound after rebound that gave his team second opportunities. Christopher kept up his hustle and made shots or executed passes. And Jesus kept on amazing the coaches with his desire and skills. Buttercup stole passes, knocked the ball loose, kept his possession under pressure, and made shots.

During one drill, there was a scramble for a loose ball and he took an accidental blow to the stomach that knocked the wind out of him. The coaches made sure he was okay and sent him out to get a drink. He returned ready to play. After practice Juan commented that's one tough little cookie.

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